The Book of Honor: Covert Lives and Classified Deaths at the CIA

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This is a story of heroes and secrets.

In the entrance of the CIA headquarters looms a huge marble wall into which seventy-one stars are carved--each representing an agent who has died in the line of duty. At the base of this wall lies "The Book of Honor," in which the names of these agents are inscribed--or at least thirty-five of them. Beside the dates of the other thirty-six, there are no names. The identity of these "nameless stars" has been one of the CIA's most closely ...

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Overview

This is a story of heroes and secrets.

In the entrance of the CIA headquarters looms a huge marble wall into which seventy-one stars are carved--each representing an agent who has died in the line of duty. At the base of this wall lies "The Book of Honor," in which the names of these agents are inscribed--or at least thirty-five of them. Beside the dates of the other thirty-six, there are no names. The identity of these "nameless stars" has been one of the CIA's most closely guarded secrets for the fifty-three years of the agency's existence. Even family members are told little--in some cases, the agency has denied the fact that the deceased were covert operatives at all. But what the CIA keeps secret in the name of national security is often merely an effort to hide that which would embarrass the agency itself--even at the cost of denying peace of mind for the families and honor due the "nameless stars."

In an extraordinary job of investigative reporting, Ted Gup has uncovered the identities, and the remarkable stories, of the men and women who died anonymously in the service of their country. In researching The Book of Honor, Gup interviewed over four hundred current and former covert CIA officers, immersed himself in archival records, death certificates, casualty lists from terrorist attacks, State Department and Defense Department personnel lists, cemetery records, obituaries, and tens of thousands of pages of personal letters and diaries.

In telling the agents' stories, Gup shows them to be astonishingly complex, vibrant, and heroic individuals--nothing like the suave superspies of popular fiction or the amoral cynics of conspiracy buffs. The accounts of their lives--and deaths--are powerful and deeply moving, and in bringing them at long last to light, Gup manages to render an unprecedented history of covert operations at the CIA.

About the Author:

Ted Gup is a legendary investigative reporter who worked under Bob Woodward at the Washington Post, and later at Time. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the George Polk Award and the Worth Bingham Prize. Gup is a professor of journalism at Case Western Reserve University. He lives in Pepper Pike, Ohio.

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At the entrance to the CIA's headquarters are 71 distinctively carved stars, each representing an agent who died in the line of duty. Yet previously released agency records honor only 35 of them by name. Investigative reporter Ted Gup burrowed his way under the deep covers of American intelligence to reveal the stories of men and women far different than those conjured up in films, but no less heroic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553527414
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/16/2000
  • Language: Spanish
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 4 cassettes, 6 hrs.
  • Product dimensions: 4.43 (w) x 7.11 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Gup is a legendary investigative reporter who worked under Bob Woodward at the Washington Post, and later at Time. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the George Polk Award and the Worth Bingham Prize. Gup is a professor of journalism at Case Western Reserve University. He lives in Pepper Pike, Ohio.
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Table of Contents

Prologue 1
True Believers
1. Forgotten Man 9
2. A Pin for St. Jude 43
3. By Chance 67
4. Waiting for Godot 97
5. Faith and Betrayal 108
A Time to Question
6. Deception 133
7. The Two Mikes 163
8. Homecoming 207
9. Honor and Humiliation 221
10. Privation and Privilege 237
Chaos and Terrorism
11. Indestructible 261
12. Deadly Symmetry 289
13. Damage Control 318
14. The Last Maccabee 338
Epilogue 365
Author's Note and Acknowledgments 376
Index 379
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